Argentina's creditors complain that President Néstor Kirchner and Roberto Lavagna, his economy minister, act as if they are living on another planet.
Mexico carried out a landmark global-for-global bond exchange in April. Andrés Conesa, head of public credit, says the deal saved money, improved investor relations and will help the sovereign price future bond issues more efficiently.
After seven years of being restricted to investing in Mexican bonds, the country's pension funds can now put their assets into equities and foreign securities.
Politicians again are demanding that Mexico's banks lend more. As the pressure mounts, consumer finance companies are steam-rolling into the market.
Caribbean banks are looking for scale as they assume more aggressive pan-regional strategies. Trinidadian players are leading the pack.
Argentina is coming in from the cold and investment is trickling back into the country. That still won't help the government's angry bondholders much.
Brazil and Mexico have chosen different approaches to deal with looming electricity shortages. The outcome of their plans will have far-reaching consequences.
América Móvil waited years to issue its first international bond. When the Mexican cellphone company finally went to the market, plenty of investors wanted a piece of the action.
Signs of recovery in Brazil are luring deep-pocketed
European investors back to the region, ready to splurge
billions on Latin American companies.
Three buccaneers have made a fortune by handing over Brazil's AmBev to Belgium's Interbrew, but few other
shareholders profited much from the deal.
Mexico's off-balance sheet financing scheme got the massive El Cajón dam project underway.
Demand from institutional investors in Mexico's bond market outstrips supply. There are just not enough high-quality bonds around, but this could be changing.
Corporate executives tell us who they think are the best players in Brazil's financial services market.
Mexico sold the largest-ever bond in British pounds placed by an emerging market issuer, locking in low prices in a demanding market that few Latin American issuers can access on a regular basis.
Taking advantage of strong domestic demand for peso-denominated paper, Mexico's national oil company launched the country's largest-ever peso bond and got bargain pricing.
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his finance minister, Antônio Palocci, pulled Brazil back from the brink last year. Now, they face the even greater challenge of accelerating growth and keeping their promise to end Brazil's social injustices.
Mexico's nascent private equity industry is picking up as investors identify promising opportunities. All they need now is to find an exit.
Argentina is booming again after years of decline. But it needs to attract foreign investment to keep the economy growing. And that will require a deal with bondholders and the International Monetary Fund.
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